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The Monticello Society

"I cannot live without books."

These words were written by Thomas Jefferson in a correspondence to his friend John Adams on June 10, 1815.  The enrichment of books was so appreciated by Jefferson that he sent his cherished library to the nation's capital to create the Library of Congress.

The Jefferson College Foundation Monticello Society

Just as Jefferson's life would not have been fulfilled without books and knowledge, the ability of Jefferson College to provide knowledge to others would not be fulfilled without the generosity of donors to the Jefferson College Foundation.  The Foundation honors and publicly recognizes top donors whose generosity, qualities of leadership, and commitment allow it to fulfill its mission and provide Jefferson College and its students with the financial support it needs for quality programs, services, and facilities.  This elite list of donors is respectfully known as The Monticello Society.

The Monticello Society is comprised of individuals, corporations, and organizations whose significant lifetime contributions to the Foundation since its inception in 1991 include bequests, planned gifts, scholarships, in kind, cash, and the transfer of assets.  New members are added through careful review and selection of donors to the Foundation during each year and are recognized at a special reception held in their honor at which they are presented with the Jefferson Cup and become permanent members of the prestigious Jefferson College Monticello Society.

Members of the Monticello Society belong to one of three categories based on their lifetime giving, as follows:

  • Legacy Circle ($100,000+)
  • Patron Circle ($50,000-$99,999)
  • Benefactor Circle ($20,000-$49,999).

The Jefferson Cup

Jefferson's friend and teacher, George Wythe, had willed two large drinking beakers to Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson decided to have them, along with two of his own mugs, melted into eight drinking cups of his own design.  He sent them to a Richmond, Virginia silversmith by the name of John Letelier, along with the request that the cups be exactly fashioned to his description.  The cups arrived at Monticello in 1810 and were used for the rest of Jefferson's life as part of his regular dining setting.  Typically the cups were filled with beer and cider at dinner and afterwards used as tumblers for wine.  Upon Jefferson's death in 1826, his wife gave one to each of their six children and one to a grandson.  Six cups have survived, four of which remain at Monticello.  A classic design, rich in American history.

Monticello Society Members:

Legacy Circle ($100,000+)

David Ault

Richard & Dianne Basler

Thomas & Vicki Burke

Community Health Center of Jefferson County

Commerce Bank, Commerce Bancshares Foundation &
    The William T. Kemper Foundation

Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers

Eagle Bank & Trust, Mike Walsh

Enterprise Bank & Trust


Jefferson Foundation

David & Glenna Mangelsdorf

Mercy Hospital Jefferson

Thomas & Linda Murry

Mysun Charitable Foundation

Production Castings Inc., Al Loeffelman

Sapaugh Motor Company

Patron Circle ($50,000-$99,999)

Ameren Charitable Trust

Ameren Missouri

Mark A. Buehrle

First State Community Bank

H-J Enterprises, Inc.

Gene Haas Foundation

Daniel L. Govero

Julia C. Hampton

Justin & Jennifer Hansen

Home Service Oil Company

Branton and D. Jane Houser

KJFF/J98 Radio Alpha Media

Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Committee

Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation

Harry & Genie Mueller

Pepsi-Cola Companies

Dr. Martha A. Reed

Judith A. Riddle

Larry & Beverly Sapaugh

Specialized Catering/Food Service Consultants, Mike Kumpf

Jack C. Taylor

Twin City Area Optimist Club

Vest Benefit Solutions, Rick Vest

Benefactor Circle ($20,000-$49,999)

Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers #63

AMVETS Auxiliary Post 48

AT&T Missouri

Atomic Fireworks/Meramec Specialty Company

Big River Ladies Auxiliary Post #5331

The Family of Earl R. Blackwell

Bloomsdale Excavating, Inc.

Dale & Cathy Boemler

Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity

Coventry Health Care, an Aetna Company

Raymond & Vicki Cummiskey

Robert Dewoskin

John Marcus Downs

Dow Chemical Company/DuPont

Douglas Draper

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Rick & Sue Francis

Govero Land Services, Inc.

H.W. Herrell Distributing Co.

Frances V. Herrell

Home Builders Association

Hopson Lumber Company

Jefferson County Democrats

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

William & Michelle Kennen

Krieg, Lohbeck & Company

Leader Publications

Lillian A. Mangelsdorf

Pete & Dena McCaffrey

William & Debbie McKenna

Jack & Janet McLard

Beverly Meyers

PEO Chapter FR

Charles & Anna Sheehan

Sheet Metal Contractors Inc.

Spire (Formerly Missouri Natural Gas Company)

St. Anthony’s Medical Center

The Jack & Edith Stewart Family

Dr. Kenneth Studyvin

Thomas Industrial Coatings, Inc.

Twin City Chamber of Commerce

Twin City Toyota

Michael & Lisa Walsh

Roger C. Zacher, Sr.

Zion United Methodist Church

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